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Authentic, Hand-Made Log Cabin Boasts of a Rustic Elegance

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Spacious and open, yet intimate and cosy…Rustic yet elegant

This authentic, hand-made log cabin boasts

of a Rustic elegance.

Our spacious yet intimate lodging is romantic for two, and can comfortably accommodate 4 fourAdults or a family of six... yet when adjoined to the other side gives an open, roomy floor plan that can open up sleep up to 8 Adults comfortably. (see homeaway #3654303 to view connecting side of our log cabin)

The mountainous, cavern charm downstairs

is augmented by vaulted, lodge-pole ceilings upstairs.

IF THIS CALANDER for homeaway #94137 IS FULL see: HomeAway #3654303

… mirror side of same log cabin...that can be rented individually

or opened together to double size

… The antique wood burning stove lends the warmth of

yester-year ambiance.

The playful yard invites barbeques, volleyball, horseshoes, croquet, badminton, frisbee golf, laying out or enjoyable cozy chats nestled amongst the tall pines, lilacs, quaking aspens and fruit trees ...while capturing a glimpse of the lake.

This one of a kind, old-fashioned, hand-made, log cabin... has more luxurious emenities than a modern home.

Nestled near the lake's edge, our log cabin is perched on the historical site of the original post office

of South Lake Tahoe during the 1800's, (horse hitch still visable).

Completely renovated/restored and furnished just over a year ago.

2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2-story, log cabin ''Duplex'' (sleeps 1-4 adults (or a family of 6) per side

and can double in size, sleeping up to 8 adults (or a family of 12) comfortably.

if opened up together...for larger reunions, retreats and celebrations).

This spacious 3,000 sq. feet (1,500 sq. feet per side) log cabin is set on over an acre of pine treed lot. A quaint, charming, warm, authentic log cabin duplex that offers the ambiance of old fasioned lore, with modern emenities... Commercial Wolf oven/stove/griddle, coffee maker/ bean grinder, Blender, ice-cold water dispenser with crushed ice maker, full-size washer and dryer and iron, 'picnic style' charcoal barbeque, outdoor picnic table with chairs and umbrella. It boasts a vaulted ceiling with huge timbers and rustic log banisters augmented by plush/pile (retro 70's look and feel) green shag carpeting with an antique wood burning fireplace/stove. Natural granite counter tops with marble sinks.

Both shower and tub cascade from rock walls surrounded by natural slate floors. Over-stuffed leather furniture augmented with tanned-hide log-lamps, pine and antler lighting, and hand-made by local indians furnishings with a 48'' flat screen TV, local and long-distance phone and DVD/DVR/ expanded cable/movie channels and on demand and wireless internet service and netflix ready. Each side: has four luxrious (4) queen-sized beds adorned with hand-made quilts, as well as two (2) queen-sized pull-out couches...with A glimpse of the lake from the yard's edge.

The log cabin is ideally located a block from Lake Tahoe's Regan Beach and boasts for outdoor enjoyment and relaxation. Regan park borders the lakes edge displaying a walk path, playground, volleyball court and food hut. Only Blocks from a scenic bicycle path weaving through meadows and woods along the beach.

Set 1 mile from casinos, 3/4 mile to Heavenly Valley Ski slopes, (Tahoe's largest), 1/2 mile from shopping, groceries, bank and post office, and 1/4 mile from Eldorado Beach and boat launch, inside pool and ice-skate rink, and only 3 1/2 miles from famous Camp Rich (band concerts Wed-Sunday) pier/restaurant/bar (bands and classical concerts) and extended beach along Washoe indian historic site.

Log Cabin Rules and information:

1. The property is located at:

     Side #1 (lakeside)

     South Lake Tahoe, California, 96150

2. You will be given a 4 digit 'Key' code upon your

completed booking that will

be your 'Key' for the duration of your stay.

3. If emergency or cleaning/on-site manger needed:


or Laurie (Owner): (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).

4. The property is furnished linens on beds and towels above washer/dryer

... use what you need and leave the rest.

* Important to strip beds (used) and towels (used)

and place atop washer

Please start 1 load of towels/sheets)

 5. 4 guest 'Maximum Occupancy': 

'$10 per guest extra (children under 12)

 6. Term of the Lease: The lease begins

at 3PM p.m. on Check-in Date 

and ends at 10AM on Check-out Date

* Note: cleaning company charges $45 for late check-out fee(URL HIDDEN) so if there is need for 'late' check-out please arrange with cleaning ahead

 7.  Minimum Stay: This property requires 2 night minimum stay


 8.  Rates: Are listed on homeaway site.

 9.  Guest shall allow owner/manager/maintanence on property

when deemed necessary or emergency...notice will be given

when possible

10. Please read cancellation policy:

55% refundable if cancellation is 30 or more days in advance.

100% non-refundable 29 days or less.

Both cases if cancellation is over 8 days... owner may be willing to rebook

11. All cancellations due to Conditions beyond owner’s control

are weather, natural disaster, snow, fire,

road conditions… etc.

Guest agrees to abide by Rental Rules at all times while at the property Log Cabin Rules:

up to $500 charge to credit card if log cabin rules are broken

1. BAGGED TRASH(no loose trash) must be brought TO CURBSIDE

‘Bear Container’ by 7AM TUESDAYALWAYS left latched closed (to protect from strayed animals)

2. No EXCESSIVE noise: Neighbors complaints will cause IMMEDIATE

loss of your stay (at your own expense NO REFUNDS)


4. No PETS

5. All Dishes must be washed and put away

6. Empty dishwasher

7. Clean out refrigerator and freezer and cupboards of food

8. Put ALL furniture and furnishings back to where you found them

9. Take out trash before leaving

10. Park in ‘designated area’ on black-topped driveway…

note: cars parked on street side may be towed by city.

11. No EXTRA over-night guests

12.There will be a charge for "excessive cleaning" and “excessive mess”

by cleaning company

13. Upon end of stay departure):

1. Turn heat to 55

2. Take out ALL trash ‘bagged’ into outside ‘Bear container’…(URL HIDDEN)latch closed

3. Close blinds (upward) and curtains

4. Turn off ALL Lights and counter Appliances, (unplug christmas lights)


. Your personal possessions or any missing or broken property of owner

is not covered by owner.

You man obtain or choose to purchase Renters Insurance

as we are not responsible for any broken or missing items.

. Cleaning/management inventories after each guest stay.

Please note extra charges out of Security Deposit by Extraordinary Cleaning and Management, $55 Excess Trash (beyond one container)... take away your excess trash $55 extra charge - Cleaning Holidays (3 days before and 3 days after, $45 Late check-out fee, $55 Excess dirt and cleaning, $35/hr. for excessive mess left by renters (photos will be provided, ( $ ? for missing/broken /or lost furnishing (depending on damage/loss)

More Details

Laurie Punches
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Laurie Punches

My name is Laurie.

I am an author, artist, muscian and mom.

The log cabin is my get-away where I write my books and movies. Its my refuge, my home away from home and my heart.

As a child, I saved a scrapbook of pictures of my dream home...

and the first moment I saw our cabin, I knew this was IT!

The smell of pines and being a minute stroll to the beach is my favorite part of being in Tahoe.

My desire is to share a yesteryear, nostalgic, homestead restored with all the fascinations of modern comfort without compromising its ambiance has come true. The hand-made, authentic, cozy log cabin duplex, boasts of spaciousness, yet intimate for two which meets my needs for alone time to create and family time to build memories. I have been coming to this log cabin for over 20 years and it still holds me captive with it's beauty.

Dreamt and believed all my life that someday I would live in a log cabin up in the mountains on a lake. Dream came realized more than vividly true, I feel BLISSFUL! :)))

Laurie Punches purchased this cabin in 1992

Why Laurie Punches chose Al Tahoe

It is everything I dreamt of.

An authentic, home-made mountain cabin in the pines...

a few steps from the sandy beach,

yet near enough to the city and all its activities, that I can be away from the noise and hustle and bustle, but skiing, shopping, gambling within 5 minutes.

Hand-made of the most beautiful trees from Canada.

Original owner owned the original Tahoe wood mill, and hand made all the panneling, roof, doors and details. It took 5 years to build, while a whole subdivision in the neighborhood was built. The quality and uniqueness of everything about this cabin is beyond my wildest imagination. I feel swept up in a fairytale everytime I stay, and am sad to leave... and can't wait to get back!

What makes this cabin unique

seriously? EVERYTHING!!!!

The full cabin experience. The rock floors, shag carpets, granite counters, rock hewn sinks, lodge pole banisters, huge log beams and vaulted ceilings make the cabin ageless, yet pampering.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your review was simple and real.

You have encouraged my heart as an owner

Nov 2015
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Al Tahoe Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ski in/Ski out ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Full bath #1 - toilet , shower , Rock shower/tub.stoneheun sinks,granite counters,slatefloor
    Downstair 'allmost' full bath #2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , stoneheun sinks atop ancient,Rio de Janeiran granite counter
  • A tough of rustic elegance, romantic… practical, primitive… indulgently intimate.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Private yard view bedrooms, spacious, daring vaulted ceiling with HUGE timber beams lacing the hand-made pine boards accented with hand-quilted blankets and rustic wood curtains/shuttters and antiques treasures.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
An experience to remember!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(46 traveler reviews)

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Authentic, Hand-Made Log Cabin Boasts of a Rustic Elegance
average rating of 4.5652175 based on 47 reviews

Weekend stay in February

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Laurie's cabin for a weekend in February to go skiing and highly recommend this property. Before we even came, Laurie was kind enough to move our reservation when we wanted to switch dates for our trip.


* Very close to Heavenly ski resort

* Atmosphere of the cabin cannot be beat! I recommend taking a look at the pictures in case this wouldn't be your thing, as there is the hand-made log touch in the entire cabin from candle holders, lamps, and bar stools. I would have absolutely loved staying here as a kid, and love it just as much as an adult

* Lots of towels, beds (one per person for the two couples traveling haa), two showers and sinks.

* Place was very clean and extremely spacious. Plenty of room for us to hang out in the living space and there was a big flat screen TV which was also a nice plus.

Things to note:

* Shower gets very hot, which is nice, but just take care to mind shower length when there are multiple people showering as water doesn't stay hot too long.

* The rooms are upstairs and get cozy very quickly vs. the downstairs (kitchen & living room). We made the mistake on the first night of putting on the thermostat high since downstairs was not getting warm, but turned the upstair bedrooms way too hot. Luckily, there is a fireplace (which we took advantage of) and plenty of blankets which solved this issue for us the rest of our stay.

I highly recommend this place and would come back again! :)

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, what a thought full review. I agree with all the good and the bad. Thank-you for your realistic and beautiful perspectives, very helpful!
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Cozy cabin

  • 5 of 5

Great cozy cabin near the lake. Everything we wanted for a relaxing getaway!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Simple and pleasurable is a wonderful description of time spent at our log homestead:)
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Enjoyed our stay

  • 4 of 5

Nice rustic cabin

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: my sortest most to the point review, SO GLAD you enjoyed your stay at our rustic elegance log cabin:)
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Magnificent stay in every way !

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cabin, clean and in great location. Owners very helpful and informative. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, I love that you felt so contented in your stay at our log cabin:) Thank-you for the exuberantly passionate review!
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Great cozy place close to the lake

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at this cabin. It is very cozy, unique and wonderfully built. The only thing I would like to point out is that the heating in the first floor is not good as it doesn't heat up.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved your stay. Its been a snowy, chilly winter. I am sorry you felt upstairs was warmer than down stairs. The thermostat is at the top of the stairs, because the front door lets heat out. The cabin A-frame lends a tall ceiling upstairs, where heat rises, but I have not been told the downstairs was too cool :( Did you adjust the thermostat for your comfort or the wood burning stove? Some find it too warm. Interesting.
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Lovely authentic log cabin - perfect for skiing

  • 4 of 5

A little confusion initially as to which log cabin we were booked into but it all was sorted quickly. The cabin itself was lovely and it was the perfect setting for our skiing holiday. Would have liked a few instructions for the dishwasher and the wood burner. Overall would love to return for another stay and would recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sweet, I am glad once you were nestled in that you enjoyed our cabin. lovely authentic log cabin - perfect for skiing is a great title you gave your review. Next stay will be perfect!
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1 Miles
Tahoe Queen
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy 50
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Ski
1 Miles
Heavenly Valley
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Regan Beach
Car: recommended

Regan Beach 1/8 mile boast stroll along lake on park path, benches to linger on, park for children, mexican family food and picnic tables, volleyball courts only just over a block walk.

Eldorado beach 1/4 just down the lakeview drive is a steep beach with boat launch, surrounding rock seating band concerts,

paddleboard races and afternoon/evening activities to join in on throughout the week.

Casinos and Heavenly Valley 3/4 mile.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning/booking fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Please note extra charges out of Security Deposit by Extraordinary Cleaning and Management(URL HIDDEN) $55 Excess Trash (beyond one container)... take away your excess trash $55 extra charge - Cleaning Holidays (3 days before and 3 days after(URL HIDDEN) $45 Late check-out fee(URL HIDDEN) $55 Excess dirt and cleaning(URL HIDDEN) $35/hr. for excessive mess left by renters (photos will be provided(URL HIDDEN) $ ? for missing/broken /or lost furnishing (depending on damage/loss)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund